December 10, 2013
Following helicopter crashMonday, October 14, 2013
San Juan governor remains ‘stable’ but with ‘uncertain prognosis’
San Juan Governor José Luis Gioja remained in the hospital yesterday with an “uncertain prognosis” although doctors charged with his care said he was “clinically stable” and was not suffering any new internal bleeding. The governor had suffered serious injuries after the helicopter he was travelling in crashed in Valle Fértil, causing four other injuried and the death of lawmaker Margarita Ferrá de Bartol.
Gioja’s family members made an effort to emphasize the positive news.
Gastón Gioja, the governor’s eldest son, said that his father “was doing very well.” The brother of the governor, former senator César Gioja, also said that he was “much more calm,” and expressed optimism the governor would be able to return to his public duties soon.
Gioja did not have a fever, abdominal internal bleeding nor any other new complications yesterday but was lon ife support and under general anesthesia.
Gioja underwent two surgeries over the weekend.
Campaign activities were immediately suspended in San Juan province on Friday after the governor’s helicopter crashed, resulting in his serious injuries. Daniel Tomás, who leads San Juan’s Victory Front (FpV) party candidate list also suffered serious injuries in the accident and continued to be in critical condition yesterday. In addition to those two injuried, the governor’s secretary Héctor Pérez was ordered to be be hooked up to a respirator machine again as a pre- cautionary purposes, and the pilot was reported to be recuperating favourably.
Despite the shock generated by the accident, the Victory Front (FpV) has yet to make any changes to its party candidate list in the province, led by Tomás. The FpV won 37 percent of the vote in the province in the August primaries.
Deputy Governor Sergio Uñac said that they were very positive and believed that victims would continue to evolve well. With regard to Daniel Tomas, he said that his condition would progress favourably and that for now he did not need surgery.
Uñac stated that normal government activities would begin today although he emphasized that they would continue to follow closely the governor’s condition.
The deputy secretary of the President’s Office, Gustavo López, stated yesterday that they hoped Gioja would recover well after having two operations but that the injuries sustained from the accident were very complex and he was in a “very tough situation.”
Uñac said that they had received several calls of support, including from Vice-President Amado Boudou and Senator Aníbal Fernández.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera sent a message through Argentina’s ambassador in Santiago, Ginés González García, who said that the country’s leader “like everyone, is paying close attention to the governor’s health.”
La Rioja Governor Luis Beder Herrera revealed over the weekend that Gioja had jumped from the helicopter before it crashed.
“He jumped from 14 metres up in the air,” and said that the next few hours were critical. Beder Herrera claimed that the helicopter accident occurred because of low visibility caused by dust. “The poor pilot couldn’t see. The rotor touched some overhead cables, causing the helicopter to completely destabilize.”
— Herald with DyN, Telam